The Dunkerque terminal LNG, located on 56 hectares of land in the East Port of Dunkerque, with a dock that allows the loading and unloading of tanker ships larger than GNL (267,000 m3), at a maximum flow of 14,000 m3/h of unloading and 4,000 m3/h of reload. Currently modifications are being carried out to allow for the Dunkerque LNG terminal to reach a maximum rate of reload of 8,800 m3/h of GNL.
With the purpose of guaranteeing the operational security, in all of Dunkerque terminal’s docking phases, the help of the BAS Berthing Aid System, developed by the company Prosertek, has been adopted, This system allows for the monitorization of all docking and mooring phases and the analysis of the different parameters of the environmental surroundings.
The system, based on laser measurements, allows the monitorization of the movement of the ship and reporting the distance, speed and tilt angle with respect to the dock. In the docking phase, Prosertek supplied the quick escape hooks, with stress monitorization. This allows the system to have real time readings of the mooring line stress. All of the data can be consulted by the port operator in the different postings throughout the terminal or by using mobile devises or pagers.
After the successful implantation of the system, the terminal now executes safely numerous loadings and unloadings of liquified natural gas and this system has become a trusted tool for the operators.